Greensburg in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Train Station at Greensburg
The train station at Greensburg, built in 1911 in a French Renaissance style, demonstrates the importance of Greensburg as the crossroads of train lines and roads, and the historical intersection of trains and automobiles. It was built when railroads were at their height of prominence. Then, almost 50 years later, the station closed because traffic on roads had become more important than traffic on the rails.
At the end of the 1800s, most people lived less than 20 miles from a railroad station. Roads often became rutted and muddy and virtually impassable. By the early 1900s, new paving techniques made road surfaces durable, opening the country to a revolution in transportation. Travelers in the pre-automobile era could not imagine road traffic competing with trains for major regional transportation.
(Inscription under the photo on the left side of the marker) The grand opening of the train station at Greensburg in 1911.
The history of the train station at Greensburg illustrates the rise and fall of railroads (in red) compared to the continuing rise of the automobile (in yellow).
1909-Ford builds Model T cars; 1911-Station at Greensburg opens;
1913-Lincoln Highway dedicated; 1940-PA Turnpike opens;
Mid 1950s-Station closes, continues as a train stop;
1996-The Westmoreland Trust restores station;
Erected by Pennsylvania Heritage Parks Program.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway, and the Pennsylvania Railroad marker series.
Location. 40° 18.27′ N, 79° 32.79′ W. Marker is in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, in Westmoreland County. Marker is on Harrison Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greensburg PA 15601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Westmoreland County (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Arthur Saint Clair (about 700 feet away); Toll House (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Toll House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Allen (approx. 2.8 miles away); Sion Church-Herolds Settlement (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Allen (approx. 3 miles away); Hannastown (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Greensburg.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 285 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.